Young Badgers Tracker: Lotti saves best for last

Anthony Lotti punted for a season-high average of 43.0 yards against Minnesota (and, no, this picture isn't from that game but photos of punters are hard to find).
David Stluka

It's time for another update on the playing time and statistics of the younger players on the roster of the Wisconsin Badgers.

This year has been something of a struggle for freshman punter Anthony Lotti, who has ranked near or at the bottom of the NCAA's punting average leaders all season.

Entering last Saturday's game agaist Minnesota, Lotti had a punting average over 40 yards or better in a game just one time (at Michigan State, 40.8 average on five punts).

But in the regular-season finale, Lotti easily had his best outing of the year, averaging 43.0 yards on seven punts. Four of those landed inside the 20-yard line, meaning half of Lotti's 44 punts this season have done that.

Here's the punt-by-punt breakdown vs. the Gophers:

  • First quarter, the Badgers decide to punt from the Minnesota 32. Lotti drops one in at the Gophers 2.
  • First quarter, another plus-side punt and this time Lotti kicks it from the Gophers 48 to the 8 (with a 9-yard return).
  • Second quarter, this time from the Wisconsin 45, a 45-yard boot to the 10 (with a 7-yard return).
  • Second quarter, from the Wisconsin 28 a good 45-yard kick to the 27 (with a 5-yard return).
  • Third quarter, a 44-yard punt to the Minnesota 17 which was fair caught.
  • Fourth quarter, punting from in front of his own end zone, a 37-yard kick to the Wisconsin 47 (with a 0-yard return).
  • Fourth quarter, a 60-yard boot for a touchback.

Was it a perfect game? No. But it was a darn good one and what Wisconsin thought it was getting when it recruited Lotti.

Here's the complete rundown of young Badgers with season stats:

“TRUE” FRESHMEN
Quintez Cephus, WR
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: 1 reception, 10 yards
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Started, 1 receptions, 57 yards
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Started, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Started, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Started, 1 reception, 5 yards; 2 rushes, 10 yards
Minnesota: 1 reception, 22 yards
Season totals: 4 receptions, 94 yards; 2 rushes, 10 yards

Griffin Grady, OLB
LSU: Did not play
Akron: 1 tackle (solo)
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: 1 tackle
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 4 tackles (2 solo)

Patrick Johnson, S
LSU: Did not play
Akron: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 2 tackles (1 solo)

Anthony Lotti, P
LSU: Did not play
Akron: 2 punts, 75 yards, 1 inside 20
Georgia State: 2 punts, 72 yards, 1 inside 20
Michigan State: 5 punts, 204 yards, 2 inside 20
Michigan: 5 punts, 174 yards, 2 inside 20
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: 4 punts, 123 yards, 2 inside 20
Nebraska: 5 punts, 196 yards
Northwestern: 7 punts, 261 yards, 6 inside 20
Illinois: 4 punts, 148 yards, 2 inside 20
Purdue: 3 punts, 105 yards, 2 inside 20
Minnesota: 7 punts, 301 yards, 4 inside 20
Season totals: 44 punts, 1,659 yards (37.7 avg.), 22 inside 20

Garrett Rand, NT
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: 1 tackle (solo)
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: 1 tackle (solo)
Season totals: 4 tackles (3 solo)

A.J. Taylor, WR
LSU: 1 rush, -1 yard
Akron: 2 receptions, 39 yards
Georgia State: 1 reception, 14 yards
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: 2 rushes, 24 yards
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: 1 rush, -4 yards
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 3 receptions, 53 yards; 4 rushes, 19 yards

Have not played
Luke Benzschawel, TE; Tyler Biadasz, OL; Sam Brodner, RB; Noah Burks, OLB; Eric Burrell, S; Dontye Carriere-Williams, CB; Seth Currens, S; Jack Dunn, FR; Garrett Groshek, QB; Jake Hescock, TE; Dallas Jeanty, ILB; Patrick Kasl, OL; Adam Krumholz, WR; Gabe Lloyd, TE; Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE; Kare Lyles, QB; Mike Maskalunas, ILB; Aaron Maternowski, FB; Jack Popp, WR; Keldric Preston, WR; Mason Stokke, ILB; Hegeman Tiedt, DE; Cole Van Lanen, OL; Cristian Volpentesta, DB; Caesar Williams

REDSHIRT FRESHMEN
Connor Allen, P
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: n/a

Zack Baun, OLB
LSU: 1 tackle (solo)
Akron: 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 TFL
Georgia State: 1 tackle (solo), 1 TFL, 1 FF
Michigan State: 2 tackles (solo)
Michigan: 2 tackles (1 solo), .5 TFL
Ohio State: 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 TFL
Iowa: Did not play
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Did not play
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 14 tackles (9 solo), 3.5 TFL, 1 FF

Titus Booker, CB
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: 4 tackles (3 solo)
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: 1 tackle (solo)
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: 1 tackle (solo)
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 6 tackles (5 solo)

Jon Dietzen, OL
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: Started, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Did not play
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Started, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Started, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Started, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Started, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Started, did not record a statistic
Season totals: n/a

Ian Dretzka, OL
LSU: Did not play
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Did not play
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: Did not play
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Did not play
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Did not play
Minnesota: Did not play
Season totals: n/a

David Edwards, OL
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Started, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Started, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Started, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Started, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Started, did not record a statistic
Season totals: n/a

Jason Erdmann, OL
LSU: Did not play
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: n/a

Alex Hornibrook, QB
LSU: Did not play
Akron: 5-for-5, 61 yards, TD
Georgia State: 8-for-12, 122 yards, TD, INT
Michigan State: 16-for-26, 195 yards, TD, INT
Michigan: 9-for-25, 88 yards, TD, 3 INT
Ohio State: 16-for-28, 214 yards, TD, INT
Iowa: 11-for-19, 197 yards
Nebraska: 10-for-16, 71 yards, TD, INT
Northwestern: 11-for-19, 92 yards
Illinois: 7-for-12, 85 yards, TD
Purdue: 7-for-9, 89 yards, TD
Minnesota: 4-for-8, 29 yards
Season totals: 104-for-179, 1,243 yards, 8 TD, 7 INT

Tyler Johnson, OLB
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Did not play
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Did not play
Season totals: n/a

David Moorman, OL
LSU: Did not play
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: Played, did not record a statistic
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: n/a

Kyle Penniston, TE
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: 3 receptions, 35 yards, TD
Michigan State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: 1 reception, 54 yards
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Started, did not record a statistic
Illinois: 1 reception, 7 yards, YD
Purdue: Did not play
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 5 receptions, 96 yards, 2 TD

Max Praschak, OLB
LSU: Did not play
Akron: Did not play
Georgia State: Did not play
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: Did not play
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Did not play
Illinois: 1 tackle (solo)
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Did not play
Season totals: 1 tackle (solo)

Bradrick Shaw, RB
LSU: Played, did not record a statistic
Akron: 9 rushes, 77 yards, TD
Georgia State: 15 rushes, 62 yards
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: 1 rush, 6 yards
Iowa: 1 rush, 8 yards
Nebraska: 2 rushes, 23 yards, TD
Northwestern: 11 rushes, 54 yards
Illinois: 19 rushes, 80 yards, TD; 1 reception, 6 yards
Purdue: 8 rushes, 68 yards, 2 TD
Minnesota: 7 rushes, 20 yards
Season totals: 73 rushes, 395 yards (5.4 avg.), 5 TD; 1 reception, 6 yards

Jake Whalen, OLB
LSU: Did not play
Akron: Did not play
Georgia State: Did not play
Michigan State: Did not play
Michigan: Did not play
Ohio State: Did not play
Iowa: Did not play
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Did not play
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: Played, did not record a statistic
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic

Have not played; Kevin Estes, OL; Mitchell Herl, TE; Zach Hintze, K; Henry Houden, WR; Kraig Howe, DE; Troy Laufenberg, RB; Blake Mielke, S; David Plaff, DE; Gunner Roberge, NT; Kelly Thomas, DE; Nick Thomas, ILB; Bret Verstegen, S

“TRUE” SOPHOMORES
Arrington Farrar, S
LSU: 1 tackle (solo), 1 forced fumble
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Played, did not record a statistic
Michigan State: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Michigan: 1 tackle (solo)
Ohio State: 1 tackle (solo)
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: 1 tackle
Northwestern: Played, did not record a statistic
Illinois: Played, did not record a statistic
Purdue: 1 tackle (solo)
Minnesota: Played, did not record a statistic
Season totals: 7 tackles (5 solo), 1 FF

Alec Ingold, FB
LSU: 1 reception, 2 yards
Akron: 2 rushes, 4 yards; 1 reception, 6 yards, TD
Georgia State: 1 rush, 4 yards; 2 receptions, 13 yards
Michigan State: 3 rushes, 13 yards
Michigan: 1 rush, 2 yards
Ohio State: Played, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Played, did not record a statistic
Nebraska: 1 rush, 1 yard
Northwestern: 2 rushes, 5 yards
Illinois: 3 rushes, 8 yards; 1 reception, 15 yards
Purdue: 4 rushes, 6 yards, TD; 1 reception, 19 yards, TD; 1 kick return, 12 yards
Minnesota: 1 rush, 1 yard, TD
Season totals: 18 rushes, 44 yards (2.4 avg.), 2 TD; 6 receptions, 55 yards, 2 TD

Olive Sagapolu, NT
LSU: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Akron: Played, did not record a statistic
Georgia State: Started, 1 tackle (solo)
Michigan State: Started, did not record a statistic
Michigan: 5 tackles (2 solo)
Ohio State: Started, did not record a statistic
Iowa: Did not play
Nebraska: Did not play
Northwestern: Did not play
Illinois: Did not play
Purdue: Did not play
Minnesota: 2 tackles (solo), sack, TFL
Season totals: 10 tackles (6 solo), sack, TFL

Injured, out for season
Chris Orr, ILB

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